Martin Shields has published an excellent review of John Dickson’s book called Hearing Her Voice – A case for women giving sermons. It’s no secret that Sydney Anglicans for the most part are not fans of allowing women to preach to mixed congregations. This is not solely unique to them though as the practice permeates most reformed churches.
John Dickson engages this teaching head on in his book through his exploration of the Greek word “teaching” and in particular its use in 1 Tim 2:12 and how that relates to our contemporary practices of preaching.
I have read a number of reviews of his book and for the most part, I believe they have been mostly a rhetorical apologetic from within the ranks to maintain the status quo. On a personal basis, I base my own philosophical basis for allowing women to preach around the same framework that Gordon Fee does…That being the Holy Spirit knows exactly what it is he is doing when he equips, gifts, empowers and inspires someone; despite their gender, social class or nationality distinctions.
Have a read of Martin’s review, and while you are at it, check out his blog. You won’t be disappointed. .